6 Captivating Rugs That Double as Works of Art
Splashes of color and inspired brushstrokes often dominate canvases hung on the wall, but a growing number of aesthetes are exploring the floor as a place to add an artful touch to the home. “In a changing world where art and design are coming together more than ever, our new collection of Art Deco–inspired rugs really reflects this,” says Nader Bolour, owner of Doris Leslie Blau, a decorator’s resource for rugs that exhibit artisanal mastery. “Also, these pieces take so much time and skill to produce, they truly should be considered works of art no matter how they are used.”
Bolour is not alone in his appreciation for these creations. French arts patron Sabine de Gunzburg makes bespoke silk rugs that marry the art world with carpets. Handwoven in the Himalayas, the lustrous works in her collection, S. de Gunzburg, available at Les Ateliers Courbet, recall aspects of Pointillism, while others are actual pieces of art she produces with numerous artistic luminaries, including Francis Picabia, Serge Poliakoff, and Frank Gehry, as well as through galleries such as Almine Rech.
A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2019 Fall issue under the headline “Art Underfoot.” Subscribe to the magazine.